I think Kyoto was the best place to visit in Japan. It is an ancient capital that is home to over 1,600 historic Buddhist temples! On top of that, there are over 400 shrines all over the city. Even if you want to visit them all I think it will be impossible 🙂 All the temples surrounded by cherry blossoms during the sakura season and red leaves during autumn looked terrific! Let’s not forget about going to the geisha district or visiting the famous bamboo forest! Kyoto also has one of the world’s largest collections of UNESCO World Heritage Sites (12 Buddhist temples, 3 Shinto shrines, and one castle)
I was there twice, during two distinct and equally outstanding seasons: cherry blossoms and autumn foliage. Having walked in the same places, and temples in both seasons I can’t decide which was better. With every place I visited, I fell in love with Kyoto over and over again. If I were to choose one city to visit in Japan, it would definitely be Kyoto.
The city itself was not as busy and crowded as Tokyo, it has a more ancient vibe and more traditional feel. Each time I visited Kyoto I stayed over for a couple of days, and even then I did not manage to see all I’d planned 🙂 Kyoto is enormous and you need to pick and choose what you would like to see over a limited time.
I have divided Kyoto into specific districts, so check out what to see in each of them:
Additionally, it is straightforward to make some one-day trips from Kyoto:
Meanwhile, take a look at some pictures from Kyoto 🙂